The Conundrum of the Crooked Crayon

Solving Mysteries Through Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math

From the Series Jesse Steam Mysteries

  • Interest Level: Grade 2 - Grade 5
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

While doing spring cleaning in her room, Jesse comes across a crayon on her window sill that is curiously bent over. She recalls that the crayon was there all winter and not bent at all. Jesse begins to wonder what caused the crayon to bend. Using science skills, Jesse discovers how the Sun is closest to Earth in summer and that’s why the crayon melted.

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Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 5
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Science
Category STEM, STEM: Space Science
Copyright 2021
Publisher Red Chair Press
Imprint Red Chair Press
Language English
Number of Pages 64
Publication Date 2020-08-01
Text Type Informational Fiction
BISACS JUV028000, JUV029000, JUV045000
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 6 x 9
Lexile 720
Guided Reading Level R
Features Activities, Author/Illustrator biography, Glossary, Glossary words bolded within text, Original artwork, Reviewed, Table of contents, Teaching Guides, and eSource

Author, Illustrator: Ken Bowser

Ken Bowser's work has appeared in hundreds of books and countless periodicals. His work today is created digitally on a computer. He works out of his studio in Central Florida.

Lerner eSource™ offers free digital teaching and learning resources, including Common Core State Standards (CCSS) teaching guides. These guides, created by classroom teachers, offer short lessons and writing exercises that give students specific instruction and practice using Common Core skills and strategies. Lerner eSource also provides additional resources including online activities, downloadable/printable graphic organizers, and additional educational materials that would also support Common Core instruction. Download, share, pin, print, and save as many of these free resources as you like!

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Kirkus Reviews

“This effort models STEAM concepts in such an inviting way that readers will be inspired to make their own explorations.”—Kirkus Reviews